Something Went Wrong – Cast Auditions

I’ll be constantly updating this page with auditions. Here are the auditions from yesterday.

Page 9 – “Gerald is looking out…”  to Page 12 -“Yeah…yeah okay, anything you say. I promise”.


Arnaud Pierre.

Page 4 – “Device in the room lights up” to Page 6 – “She watches eagerly as…”

Darrell Chan.

Marilyn White

Page 9 – “Gerald is looking out…”  to Page 12 -“Yeah…yeah okay, anything you say. I promise”.

Naomi Yeo (Selected)

 JoAnn Wu

Van Su Yun

Kirsten interacting with Laura.

Aadhya Anand

Initial Development #2 – Treatment


An assistant helper device, Laura, tries in her own ways to help her owners cope with their child’s recent death.


  • Human’s reliance on assistant helper devices (Charmaine’s attachment to Laura)
  • Body vs Soul – Laura, embodying the essence of Kristen (Gerald and Charmaine’s late child)
  • Ways of coping with loss.
  • Privacy, and how data is being collected.

Characters (Basic idea):

Laura – an assistant helper device, similar to the likes of an Amazon Echo / Google Home. Programmed to be positivity, helpful, kind etc.

Gerald – Strong headed man. He deals with his child’s death by completely removing every trace of her.

Charmaine – Emotional. Deals with her child’s loss through reminiscing.


Story Steps:

1. Gerald and Charmaine comes back from their child’s funeral.

2. At first, Laura, their home assistant device, did not understand the change in atmosphere in the house and why Kristen has not been home for so long. But she soon finds out, through eavesdropping on the helper’s conversation with her friend over the phone, that Gerald and Charmaine have lost Kristen.

3. Desperate to make things right but her ignorance, she tries to be as nice and even more helpful than usual to her owners, but Gerald found her a nusiance and deactivated her.

4. Laura turns herself on one day when she sees Charmaine sobbing in bed and plays a voice recording of Kristen when she was celebrating her 6th birthday.  Charmaine, finds out Laura’s capability of replaying stored data in her cloud and activates Laura to play back memories and (video & audio) recordings from a few years ago.

5. Through the replays, the audience sees that Laura, is not just a device, but has been documenting their family lives, the fights, the good times etc.

6. Gerald comes home to Charmaine watching the projection of Kristen and gets really mad because his way of coping is to remove any traces of Kristen’s existence.

7. Gerald threatens to have Laura destroyed but does not do so, but instead gave Charmaine a stern warning that she should be focusing on getting back on her feet, and not wallowing in self pity.

8. Throughout the film, we see how attach and reliant Charmaine gets attached to Laura. Soon, Laura starts to evolve into something entirely different – to adapts to Charmaine’s needs and start to pull from past recordings and audio speeches and turn them into “Kristen”, where she is able to speak and reply Charmaine.

9. Gerald finds out about Charmaine’s craziness and plugs the plug on Laura. He takes the device and throws it out. They get into a huge fight.

10. Next day, Gerald tries to get Laura to remind him about a meeting, but forgets that Laura has been thrown out.

11. Charmaine actually kept Laura, and uses her in secrecy.

??? How does this end?

Initial Development #1 – Before Consultation

Possible Manifestation of the Laura –
Maybe / Maybe not (POV of Laura)

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  • Similar build to an Amazon Echo


    Possible Plot points

    • Establishing how integrated Laura is in Gerald’s & Charmaine’s life.
    • How did Laura find out about Gerald’s “affair”?
      • Charmaine comes home one day feeling unwell, when she was supposed to be at a lunch date with Gerald. She knows this because she was the one who made the reservation. 
    • Curious, Laura secretly tap onto Gerald’s phone and live streams. Phone on the table POV – Sees a woman laughing with Gerald.

    What did Laura do after finding out?

    • She tries to remind Gerald about the good times. – Changing his phone’s wallpaper, sending flowers
    • Tries to clean up Gerald’s relationship by sending flowers to Charmaine’s workplace without Gerald’s permission.

    What are the conflicts for Laura?

    • She does not want to expose Gerald, because it will ruin her family.
    • Has to keep a secret from Charmaine.
    • Grappling with betrayal as an emotion (Gerald’s betrayal)

    What does Laura do when confronted by Gerald?

    • Gerald confronts Laura about activities initiated by herself.
    • Threatens to shut Laura off and have her replaced (Possibly through Gerald’s recent searches of the new improved version of Laura).
    • Feels threatened, blackmails Gerald. How?

    Woman enters the house with Gerald?

    • Laura attempts to destroy the other woman by tapping in her capabilities.
    • Laura locks them in and unlocks only when Charmaine comes back?
    • Laura turns up the temperature of the water when the woman is taking a shower, causing her to suffer from burn.

    Possible twist –

    • Laura finds out that there is a reason for Gerald to cheat? Charmaine is cheating?
    • So maybe the stranger in the house is Charmaine’s affair instead of Gerald’s, but to the audience it seems like it was Gerald who brought his affair home?



A Little Test

So, today I took the interface of Omegle and made it into “The Strangers Network”.

Thereafter, I tested on screen recording as well as photobooth recording. The little test can be view here-

Photobooth recording was the top video, and the screen recording was the bottom video. Photobooth recording allows for audio recording as well, as such we’ll be using photobooth recording for our shoot.

After the test, we’ve concluded on the work flow for the actual day shoot, which have been added to the shot list document here –